Petrou Critic & Author in Residence: Viet Thanh Nguyen. Lecture: "Refugees, Immigrants, Americans: Changing Our Stories."

October 23, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Kay Theatre, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

2018.10.28: Dean's Lecture and Petrou Lecture: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Petrou Lecture: "Refugees, Immigrants, Americans: Changing Our Stories."
Free, ticketed event; tickets available at
This event is also supported by the ARHU Dean's Lecture and is a First Year Book event, in support of the Office of International Studies Year of Im/Migration.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and a book signing.

From his website:

He is the author of  Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002) and the novel The Sympathizer, (Grove/Atlantic,2015). The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for  Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, a California Book Award, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. The novel made it to over thirty book-of-the-year lists, including The GuardianThe New York Times,  The Wall Street,, and The Washington Post. The foreign rights have been sold to twenty-three countries.

His current book is Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of Warwhich is the critical bookend to a creative project whose fictional bookend is The SympathizerNothing Ever Dies, a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction, examines how the so-called Vietnam War has been remembered by many countries and people, from the US to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and South Korea. Harvard University Press is publishing it in March 2016. Kirkus Reviews calls the book “a powerful reflection on how we choose to remember and forget.” It has won the the John G. Cawelti Award for Best Textbook/Primer from the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association and the Réné Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Comparative Literature from the American Comparative Literature Association.

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